One of the world´s most fascinating countries, Israel defies indifference with its immense historical, spiritual and contemporary significance, as well as its wealth of unique natural and cultural attractions. Whether you want to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem´s Old City, party in fashionable Tel Aviv, bathe in the Dead Sea or discover the country´s distinctive architecture, Insight Guide Israel will reveal the best the country has to offer. Features have been updated by a highly-regarded local writer and cover the history and peoples of Israel in depth, while also delving into diverse topics including cuisine, conservation and diving. Thoughtful accounts of the country´s regions bring Israel to life, from the powerful spiritual centre of Jerusalem and breath-taking landscapes of the Golan Heights to the sun-soaked beaches on the Mediterranean coast. In addition, there is detailed coverage of the West Bank´s attractions, including Bethlehem´s shrines and the Negev´s ancient sites. Full-colour photography and maps help you navigate with ease, while our detailed Travel Tips give you all the practical information you need to plan your trip, including our selection of the best and most authentic hotels and restaurants.